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Ever since the advent of the Industrial Revolution part components and tooling have required production heat-treating to maximize life. Various forms of heat-treatment are available to heat-treating technologists and engineers, all of which have their advantages. To maximize investment, managers must decide between new processes to gain efficiency and the updating of current process to improve efficiency. Cost considerations are important but not the only ones. Quality and safety are also important to remember.

Production capacity, both present and future, is also related to cost effectiveness of heat-treating process. The heat-up and cool-down aspect which is a vital characteristic to consider is closely tied to production schedules. Around the clock operation is a must for some processes to be economically feasible.

Automation and exotic processes are making major contributions to the heat-treating field today. Critical control requirements are being monitored by sophisticated equipment.

The economic considerations relating to heat-treating processes are numerous. The purpose of this research will be to deal with many of those considerations when addressing the question: what are the effects of fuel and process efficiency on the selection of surface heat-treatment processes?

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Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

James LaRue


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